1.5 stars

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnisThis Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 10th November 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

I loved McGinnis’ debut duology, Not A Drop to Drink, but I hadn’t read anything by her since. Obviously, when I saw this one was available to review, I snapped it up. Unfortunately, it was more than a little disappointing.

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda SalisburyThe Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 24th February 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Bought
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Rating: one-half-stars

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

I’ve decided that Fridays are going to be my negative review day. Why? Because why not. I kind of need motivation to review the books that I don’t want to gush about, whether it’s because they’re dull as hell, or actually just painful. And The Sin Eater’s Daughter gets the honour of going first because it was truly, truly tragic.

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The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill

The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren MorrillThe Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm—the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize.

Liza can’t imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She’s therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she’s especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza’s ex–best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that’s the band’s greatest competition.

But it’s not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza’s best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she’s about to find herself lost at sea.

The Trouble with Destiny didn’t grab me at all. I read the first 25% or so and then I had to skim read because I was falling asleep and I felt so bad about it. I hate it when that happens with review copies! Or any book in general, really, but with review copies you get an extra serving of guilt to go with that main course of dismay. Continue reading

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: 7th June 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Protip: do NOT let Gillian and/or Meg talk you into reading this book. Honestly, if the urge ever comes over you to pick up The Selection just like, go and roll around in a garbage pile for a while because it’s basically the same effect. Continue reading

Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

Hit by Delilah S. DawsonHit by Delilah S. Dawson
Series: Hit #1
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: April 15, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy's past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren't strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy's list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Hit was not the best book I’ve read this year, which is a shame because Ms. Dawson is lovely and I was really intrigued by the concept. I mean, hitmen?! YES PLEASE. Give me alllll the hitmen. Unfortunately, I ended up having quite a few issues with this book and I didn’t really enjoy it after the first fifty or so pages.

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